damalur: (me • miranda)
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Title: Happy Families Are All Alike
Author: [personal profile] ayalesca
Characters: McCoy (gen)
Length: 2,294 words
Summary: How Leonard McCoy was brought up to be such a fucking piece of work.

I adore this story; the blending of the new timeline with the old is exactly the sort of thing that makes me flail inarticulately. Although I'm at the point where most second-person stories simply frustrate me, the storytelling here is so superb and smooth that the unusual POV didn't detract in the least. Absolutely heartbreaking.

Link: http://ayalesca.livejournal.com/57870.html
damalur: (fma • flame alchemist)
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Title: So Wise We Grow
Author: [profile] captanddeastar
Characters: Kirk/Spock, ensemble
Length: ~81,000 words
Summary: “Commander Spock, we have located your son,” the Vulcan lady on the screen says, which would be great, except Jim can tell by the look on Spock’s face that he’s never heard of this kid before in his life. “If it is expedient, the child will be sent to join you on the Enterprise within the week.”

This story. THIS STORY. I came across it after reading a Kirk+Uhura story by the same author (How Many Roads? or, 27 Times Jim Kirk Hit On Nyota Uhura, which deserves a rec of its own; I have been craving Kirk/Uhura in a bad way lately, apparently because canon pairings only hold my interest for so long), and let me tell you that I have not been this glued to a computer screen since my last reread of "Blind Sight."

I started composing my rec around part four of twelve, and something like a third of my scribbles have to do with how much I love the characterization, particularly of the secondary characters. The author's Pike? I want to marry him. Her Gaila? Ditto. (Her Bones I just want to take home and pet and feed and soothe.) The roundness of the people in this fic is incredible, and that goes double for the OC - by the time he arrived on the ship, I was already halfway in love. So often OCs, particularly children OCs, are mishandled or just poorly written, but Storek adds to the story rather than distracting from it.

Most importantly: this is reboot Kirk/Spock the way I desperately want it written, just starting to figure out their relationship when they're thrust headlong into the thick of things. The chess games, the mind melds, the banter - all the traditional elements are note-perfect, but the way their gradual realization is handled feels fresh and inspired.

I did pick out a couple of grammatical errors, but nothing that interrupted the flow of the story. Even if you aren't a fan of kidfic, give this one a try; I don't think you'll regret it. :)

Link: http://captanddeastar.livejournal.com/9048.html